The Taoiseach, Mr. Leo Varadkar, T.D., joined with Minister for Health, Mr. Simon Harris, T.D. and Minister of State, Ms. Catherine Byrne, T.D. launched the Healthy Ireland Fund on October 2nd, 2017, through which the public libraries will be funded under a contract managed by the LGMA. Healthy Ireland is a national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of Ireland over the coming generation.
The Healthy Ireland at Your Library service will take place across the library network nationwide. The programme will enhance current health information in public libraries by providing new book stock, e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines on health and wellbeing, a wider selection of health information for all users, and through a service delivered by trained library staff for this programme. Talks, discussions and workshops will be offered in library services with a focus on physical health, mental health and health literacy. Libraries provide resources and service to a wide range of users from children and young people to adults and older people and to a diverse group of communities in both rural and urban populations, serving communities ranging from under 5,000 and up to 52,000 people.
They also provide support to unemployed people, people with disabilities and many minority groups. Healthy Ireland at your Library looks to complement, support and expand existing programmes in public libraries and to provide reinforcement of the Healthy Ireland national framework throughout all communities and developing a locally cohesive, integrated and sustainable approach which is standard in all local authorities.